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June 15th, 2015

I can handle the Start Page in Win8.1 because I really like the Apps Screen accessible from there. But I’m wondering, can I sort the apps listed by size or frequency of use to help me manage disk space?

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May 15th, 2015

Running Windows 8.1 and it has the Microsoft Windows Defender anti-virus running. Okay, but how can I force a scan?

Microsoft’s done a good job  of learning from every other anti-virus and anti-malware program to create a simple, effective program that defends your Windows 8.1 PC computer from all the baddies out there, whether they’re old school attacks or sly hacks or macro viruses. It would have been nice to see Microsoft do this ten years ago, but that’s all water under that proverbial bridge, and the good news is that we’re not stuck with some of the more questionable third-party programs that sometimes seem like they might be malware themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

April 13th, 2015

I set up a four digit PIN on my Windows 8 tablet to make it quick and easy for me to log in without my more complicated Microsoft Live password. But now the PIN isn’t working. How do I get in?

The whole PIN number way to enter is darn handy, actually, almost as good as having your PC scan your fingerprint in terms of both offering security and making it easy for you to log in to your tablet or computer quickly and easily. Thing of it is, like anything else, if you forget it, you’ve got a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

March 2nd, 2015

I don’t mind Windows 8 too much after using it for a while, but I really can’t get over the loss of theStart Menu. I know 8.1 puts a button on the lower left of the screen, but I want my menu. How can I fix it?

You raise a huge issue, one that’s the greatest complaint people have about Windows 8 and Win8.1: that the handy start menu has become a start screen and that the very concept of “everything running on the Desktop” has been reinvented to be lots of windows and some apps running within their own worlds while others still run within the Desktop environment. It’s confusing, to say the least. But Microsoft’s pretty insistent that the Start Menu no longer has a place in the world of Windows 8. Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2015

I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out how to add special characters and symbols to email and documents on my Dell Windows 8 system. Is there a shortcut or app or something to make the process easier?

If you’re just used to typing in A-Z, a-z, digits and basic punctuation, there’s a world of symbols and special characters that you could be using to add color and verve to your text communications, and it doesn’t involve stickers, smileys, emoticons or anything else. In your case, you already know the need because there are certain characters you need to include that are difficult to find on a standard Microsoft Windows keyboard, whether you’re running Win7, Win8 or an early beta of Windows 10. Read the rest of this entry »

November 19th, 2014

I’m a Mac guy, but now have a Windows 8 PC computer on my desk at work. Not the end of the world, but is there a way to share content between Mac and PC? Read the rest of this entry »

October 2nd, 2014

Microsoft revealed Windows 10 on Tuesday. It will be available for “early technical preview” for PC on October 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

August 26th, 2014

Microsoft is said to be planning to introduce the world to Windows 9 as soon as next month.

According to a report from The Verge, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, a press event is planned for September 30th, though that’s apparently subject to change. Either way, it sounds like we’ll be getting a look pretty soon. Read the rest of this entry »

July 23rd, 2014

As previously reported, Microsoft announced that it is cutting 18,000 jobs within the next year, starting with 13,000 of them within the next six months.

CEO Satya Nadella laid out the plans in an email to staff, which the company also made available to the public. He said more details would be forthcoming at the company’s earnings call next week. Read the rest of this entry »

June 16th, 2014

I worry sometimes that the automatic update on my Windows 8 system isn’t working properly and that I’m expose to viruses and malware. Is there a fast way I can check to see if there are any pending Win8 windows updates?

While I haven’t had any problems with the automatic update feature in Windows 8.1, I think it’s smart for you to do an occasional spot check because, well, sometimes things are scheduled for a specific time of the week and if your computer’s not on during that period of time then the update’s missed until the following week. If it’s a laptop that can accumulate and you can certainly be weeks and weeks behind, which does open up some vulnerabilities on your system. Read the rest of this entry »

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